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September 1920

BODILY MECHANICS: ITS RELATION TO CYCLIC VOMITING AND OTHER OBSCURE INTESTINAL CONDITIONS

Am J Dis Child. 1920;20(3):168-187. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910270016002

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Abstract

The consideration of the mechanics of the body, especially those which affect the abdominal and thoracic organs, has received a new stimulus during the last few years. Life in the army during the war did a great deal to stimulate this interest. It showed that a great many men were physicially unfit and made a large number of men physically more fit. The medical men who were in charge of the unfit had an opportunity, in a large number of cases, to study and determine the cause of their unfitness.

When the results found in the army were compared with those of the draft boards, the conditions were found to be startling, not only from the point of view of the present generation but even more so for future generations.

An example of the importance of correct body mechanics is shown by some of the experiences of the first troops

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